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Environment & Wildlife Film Festival!

Environment & Wildlife Film Festival!

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CMS VATAVARAN 2007 - 4th Competitive Environment and Wildlife Film Festival 12/09/2007 to 16/09/2007 India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India Organised by: Centre for Media Studies (CMS) VATAVARAN Rush in your entries to India’s most incredible green film fest 4th CMS VATAVARAN 2007 CMS VATAVARAN Film Festival Directorate is now accepting entries for CMS VATAVARAN 2007 - 4th Competitive Environment and Wildlife Film Festival slated for 12 - 16 September 2007 at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. The Early Bird offer for submitting entries is till 31st March 2007 Last date for sending in the films will be 30th April 2007. The entry forms and guidelines as well as the delegate registration forms are available on our website www.cmsvatavaran.org CMS VATAVARAN, a visionary initiative of

Global Warming, Local Irony!

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A little while ago, Headlines Today - a leading News channel in Delhi aired a live interview with Dr. R.K. Pachauri's of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). Amidst discussing the threats of Global Warming, the news anchor kept stressing on the double standards of the 'West' over this issue and the large ignorance among people over Environmental issues.  Now here's the irony part! All through the interview this is what was being flashed at the bottom of the screen - as the report to be shown after this interview.  Which small car to buy? More in 'Small Getz it' Needless to say, the 'Small Getz it' report that followed (which was much well researched than the interview) informed the middle class about the latest top models of small cars that can are available at really affordable

Some hangover..

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In what may clearly be the worst case of 'colonial hangover' guess which Department in the Delhi Municipality has the responsibility for renewing the Rickshaw pullers’ license in the city.....its the veterinary department! I had read this in one of the newspapers some months ago and could not believe what I had read. But when I just googled for the same, I found this document which proves the same. Before the rickshaws, Delhi had many tongas especially around the Walled city. The tonga pullers definitely needed a clearance from the veterinarian to ensure that their horses were fit. However, even when the tongas were subsequently replaced by rickshaws the law seems to have stuck.
The Mandakini Magpie Bird Watchers Camp

The Mandakini Magpie Bird Watchers Camp

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Even as some of us sit in Delhi and discuss the intricacies of ecotourism and how it’s different from tourism, there are people all over this country who are practicing the former – in the real sense of the word (‘eco’-tourism). Mr. Yashpal Singh Negi One such person is Mr. Yashpal Singh Negi who runs a bird watching camp christened, ‘The Mandakini Magpie Bird Watchers Camp’. The camp is located in Kakragad on the bank of River Mandakini en route to Sri Kedarnath. The Camp Mr. Negi is a wonderful person who is not only dedicated towards his work but also has in-depth knowledge about birds and the Himalayas. He has been running this camp for the past seven years which is wonderfully exemplified by his experience and expertise. Apart from bird watching, Mr. Negi also takes interes

Global Village: another event, just another problem for Yamuna

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As if all the dumping of untreated sewage and the upcoming Commonwealth Games wasn't enough a month long Global Village festival is planned on Yamuna's floodplains. Following is an article by Bahar Dutt (for CNN-IBN) highlighting the issue. Global Village has Yamuna gasping It's a shocking tale of environment laws flouted for a month-long shopping extravaganza. An artificial shopping 'paradise' called Global Village being built on the banks of River Yamuna may have permanently damaged the floodplains of the river and could now affect the water supply into Delhi. “This Global Village is going to be the end of this river,” says Convenor of Yamuna Jiya Abhiyan, Manoj Misra. Inspired by the Dubai Shopping Festival, experts like Misra opine the month-long Global Village - that spreads across
Trees being numbered to facilitate their cutting

Trees being numbered to facilitate their cutting

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The carving of numbers on trees in the Delhi Univeristy Campus, which has been done around the Delhi University Sports Ground is (also) linked to the Commonwealth Games. Since the University Sports Ground needs to be expanded for some of the Commonwealth Game Events (which will be held here), the trees around it have to be removed. This is yet another Commonwealth Games' vice - depriving us of our common-wealth: the green cover! Meanwhile, I had taken the following image some 2 weeks back. This is what has happened to it now (Dated: April 3rd, 2007) The exudates that are seen coming out are actually the food of the tree, which was to be transported from the upper part (leaves) of the tree to all other parts. It may be noted here that the numbering of trees is only done so that the
To McDonalds, Delhi

To McDonalds, Delhi

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If you have a friend, relative working in McDonalds, please tell him to read the following. This is for all the McDonalds operating in and around the capital. I think I speak for many when I say this to the McDonald's staff , "Guys, If I wanted a McVeggie I would have asked for one. The reason that I have asked for a Veg Surprise is because I WANT to have a Veg Surprise!"
Trees for Delhi – Candle Light Vigil

Trees for Delhi – Candle Light Vigil

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Trees for Delhi  an action group formed by a bunch of concerned citizens and environment NGOs - in one of the 'first of its kind' attempt - is organising a candle light vigil to save the trees of Delhi that are marked for felling for the construction of the first phase of the High Capacity Bus Service (HCBS) in South-Central Delhi. Here is the invitation from the Organisation - Lend a ray of support to thousands of trees being cut in Delhi. Take a stand against anti-environment city planning. The vigil is a peaceful effort to inform the people of Delhi about the ongoing massacre of trees. Over 35,000 trees have already been cut for Metro Phase-I, National Highway Project, High Capacity Bus Service Corridor, flyovers, underpasses, subways, and general road widening, We believe that t

Work on biodiversity park in the ridge stayed!

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According to Delhi Newsline, the Delhi High Court on March 21 stayed construction on the biodiversity park in Vasant Kunj based on a PIL stating that the area was part of the Ridge and was to be preserved in its “pristine glory”. The High Court also issued notices to the DDA, Ministry of Urban Development and Delhi government asking why the 223-hectare area, which is adjacent to Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), had not been notified as part of the Ridge till date despite several committees directing that it be declared and protected as part of the Ridge. The petition filed by Vinod Kumar Jain alleged that the “... DDA, which is in possession of the land”... plans to develop a safari park, picnic huts and refreshment areas in the park. Such “non-forest” activity would destroy the charac